We left the airport around 5pm. Its supposed to be a 2-3 hour trip over to Moalboal. By 6.30 we had gone around 3kms. Far out I have never in my life seen traffic like that. I've been in Times Square for NYE, I've been in Sydney during the Olympics, I've been in LA during 4th of July weekend but never ever ever have I experienced traffic like this.
Our poor driver was beside himself and finally pulled into a little fast food run and we stopped and ate for half an hour hoping it would have died down during that time but nope - exactly the same. Never the less, we continued on at our snails pace out of the city and to cut a long story short our 2-3 hour trip took us almost 8. Reception closed at our hotel at Moalboal at 1am and they had to stay open for us to check in, however we made it in one piece and we had 5 days in Moalboal so the time wasn't a concern.
We stayed at Nido's Garden Resort - the poor cousin to one of the beach front dive resorts, however we got full use of the pool and facilities of the dive resort for a quarter of the price so we were happy. Pangsama is a cool little beach and is really divided into two sections that meet in the middle. You get down a little road to one end and can walk to the other but to access the resorts at the other end via road, you come in a different way. There are numerous dive shops, some adventure tour sales booths, restaurants and bars along the beach but its managed to maintain its village feel very well.
The boys had a HUGE night at the Chilli bar one night and there may have been an incident with some lady boys following someone home and even following them into the room, however the cavalry arrived (the two other boys) and they were despatched promptly no damage done. I have protected the guilty parties and will take their name to my grave, however it did set up some great opportunities for some very well placed ladyboy jokes for a week or two.
The boys all loved the canyoning and Noah and Brad both did a dive which they loved so Moalboal overall was a great success. Ladyboy story aside that is...